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Topic: No Buds
Posted By: trogre
Subject: No Buds
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2013 at 6:48pm
Hi All.
I may be panicking a bit but all my Group 3 clematis (4) as of yet have no sign of buds. I tell a lie as Huldine has some buds way up the stems left over from last year but none at all lower.
Is it still too early or just a matter of abysmal weather we are having, lack of sun?
I purchased a Ooh La La 2 season ago. I made a mistake of buying one just too small. It did not grow much the 1st season but did ok.Last season a lot of flowers and grew very nice but I still have only one stem although this one stem has branched into 2 stems about 6" up.
This was kept in the garage and is in container together with a Picardy in separate container.
These are both budding and I have cut down the Picardy to different heights but the Ooh La la has just has one bud on each stem around 12" up so I cannot trim any lower.
Is there any way to encourage new stems or just let it do it natually.Maybe I have answered my own question? The group 3 in garage although not getting as much light are warmer. I will wait till it warms up a bit before I put them out.
Thank you for any help

Posted By: schristmas
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2013 at 9:39pm
Hi Peter,
Group 3 types will generally produce more stems from the ground as they get more established. Better to promote a bigger root system when the plant is young than to try and produce more growth which it is yet unable to support it.
The prolonged cold spell recently has delayed the swelling of many group 3s this year, so I wouldn't worry too much about it.
When selecting plants to buy, better to go for the ones with healthy roots and many stems, than to select the ones with the masses of flowers on just a single stem. Steer clear of the tiny 9cm potted versions unless you are intending to pot them on for at least another year before planting out.

Posted By: Ron.Carlile
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2013 at 1:47pm
Hi Peter
I agree with Steve , the group 3 plants flower late summer , assuming you cut them back in early spring they  should be now sending up new growth from the base of the plant these will grow up and the flowers will form from these shoots.
If you Tye in the stems and feed them as they grow you can expect flowers from late July to the end of September they are my favorites . they seem to be more disease free and have some good hybrids,Enjoy them


Posted By: Nunn00123
Date Posted: 12 Apr 2013 at 3:28pm
Dont worry, most of my group three plants are showing no sign of life yet. It has been too cold.

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